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Data Science

M.P.S. in Data Science

UMBC’s Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Data Science program will prepare students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds for careers in data science. In the core courses, students will get a fundamental understanding of data science through classes that highlight machine learning, data analysis and data management. The core courses will also introduce students to ethical and legal implications surrounding data science. Beyond the core courses, students will take three courses in domain specific pathways developed in collaboration with academic departments across the university. Through these pathways, students will be able to utilize the skills and techniques they learned in the core courses within their own field or area of expertise.

Program Curriculum:

Pathway Courses:

The pathways will allow students who work in a particular domain to take classes specific to their industry. Each pathway will consist of three courses:

1. Spatial Analytics - in collaboration with the Department of Geography and Environmental Systems:

Read more about the Spatial Analytics pathway here.


2. Data Science Analysis - in collaboration with the Department of Information Systems:

Read more about the Analysis pathway here.


3. Project Management – in collaboration with the College of Engineering and Information Technology:

Note: Students pursuing the Project Management pathway are eligible for a certificate in Project Management upon completion. Read more about the Project Management pathway here.


4. Management Science - in collaboration with the College of Engineering and Information Technology:

Read more about the Management Sciences pathway here.


5. Advanced Computing and Analytics - in collaboration with the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering:

Read more about the Advanced Computing and Analytics pathway here.


6. Cybersecurity - in collaboration with the MPS Cybersecurity program:

Note: Students pursuing the Cybersecurity pathway are eligible for a certificate in Cybersecurity Operations upon completion. Read more about the Cybersecurity pathway here.


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